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Favorite Concerts!

Posted on April 19, 2015 with 1 comment

Here's a Sunday Evening bit of food for thought:

I was reminiscing about my favorite concerts I've ever attended. I'm sure I'm forgetting many of them, but I though I'd provide this little list.  Maybe by doing so I'll remember more.  If I forgot to add that time I went to your burning show (if you are a fellow musician), please correct me, although Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, I'm sorry, I just don't care for your band.  

What are some of YOUR favorite concerts you've attended?


 -Guess Who/Steppenwolf, 1982 (not the best concert I ever went to, but, I think, my first)

 -Mutual Admiration Society (Nickel Creek plus Glenn Phillips, John Paul Jones, and Pete Thomas) at the Paradise, mid 2000's

-Prince in Boston, Musicology tour
-Wayne Shorter/Sean Jones/Herbie/Marcus Miller/ Sean Rickman Umbria Jazz Fest, 2011?
-James Taylor at Great Woods or West Hartford, CT (early 2000's)
-Alison Krauss and Union Station at Meadowbrook, Laconia, NH, late 2000's
-Herbie and Chick duo at Umbria, 2013
-Billy Joel, "The Bridge" tour, 1987, Worcester Centrum.
-KD Lang at Wang Center or Bank of America Pavilion (Abe Jr. on drums)
-Elvis Costello/Ron Sexsmith Beacon Theatre, All This Useless Beauty tour
-Sting/Paul Simon at TD Bank North Pavilion, 2014
-Kathleen Flynn Doctoral Recital - "Winterreisse" - Frankie Schubert/Billy Mueller
-Kenny Garrett trio w/Jeff Watts at Scullers, late 90's
-Squeeze in about '95 at Hampton Beach Casino, NH
-Brad Mehldau trio at Vanguard, around '97
-Shawn Colvin/Stu Smith/Larry Klein at Hampton Beach Casino, mid-90's
-Mike Brecker 5tet at Berklee Performance Center 1988
-Pat Metheny, Orpheum 1999 or so
-Bergonzi/Calderazzo/Abercrombie/Gertz/Nussbaum at Willow Jazz Club, mid 90's
-Kenny Werner trio at Café No, Portland, Me 1994 ish
-NY Voices at Scullers (hearing "Cecilia" for the first time) around 1998 or at Visiones, NYC 1989.
-Mulgrew Miller 5tet with Ron Savage, Steve Nelson, Richie Goods, Gary Bartz: Sweet Basil 1996



April 20, 2015

There was a night at Visiones when Marc Copland was bringing his trio with Gary Peacock and Billy Hart in, but Peacock fell off his roof and hurt his back so Cameron Brown and Victor Lewis subbed in. Because it was so last minute, it was basically a jam session, standards and songs they all knew much like every jam session anybody has ever been in. But to watch them do it was to see it on a whole other level. Incredible amounts of listening, groove, and inventiveness. That was the best music I ever saw.